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‘Failure to Launch’ moves out to DVD

Also new: ‘Medea’s Family Reunion,’ ‘Annapolis,’ ‘Find Me Guilty’
/ Source: The Associated Press

“Failure to Launch”Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker delivered a solid hit with this predictable romantic comedy about a grown-up guy still living with his parents. McConaughey stars as a laid-back boat salesman who’s 35 but won’t leave the nest, his parents (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) hiring an “interventionist” (Parker) to play siren and lure their boy into moving out on his own. The DVD has five featurettes, including one rather self-importantly titled “The Failure to Launch Phenomenon,” featuring interviews with real-life adults still living with the folks. DVD, $29.99. (Paramount) Read the review

“Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion”

In this photo provided by Lions Gate Films, Madea (Tyler Perry) and her court-ordered charge Nikki (Keke Palmer) in 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion.' (AP Photo/Lions Gate Films/ Alfeo Dixon)Alfeo Dixon / LIONS GATE FILMS

Writer, director and star Perry brings his latest stage hit to the screen, which co-stars Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou. Perry once again dresses in drag as Southern matriarch Madea, who’s dealing with nieces in bad relationships and has taken in a troublesome runaway, her domestic problems hitting just as she’s planning a big family get-together. The DVD has deleted scenes, commentary with Perry and a handful of featurettes on the movie’s music and Madea’s take on marriage. Also debuting on DVD are two Perry stage plays captured on film, “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Why Did I Get Married?” “Family Reunion” DVD, $29.98; “Madea Goes to Jail,” “Why Did I Get Married?” DVDs, $19.98 each. (Lionsgate) Read the review


“An Officer and a Gentlemen” meets “Rocky” at the U.S. Naval Academy. James Franco stars as a blue-collar cadet struggling to make it at the academy, his skill at throwing punches landing him in the ring for a boxing showdown against his harsh, relentless commanding officer (Tyrese Gibson). Director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”) teams with his screenwriter and editor for commentary on the full movie and offers remarks for a batch of deleted scenes. The DVD also has two featurettes, including one on the actors’ boxing preparations and the fight choreography. DVD, $29.99. (Disney) Read the review


In this photo provided by Sreen Gems, Milla Jovovich stars as Violet, a rogue warrior bent on protecting her new race in \"Ultraviolet.\" (AP Photo/Screen Gems/Jay Maidment)Jay Maidment / SCREEN GEMS

Not that John Cassavetes’ “Gloria,” starring wife Gena Rowlands, was one of his finer films, but it looks like “Citizen Kane” next to this bit of sci-fi nonsense that was loosely inspired by that 1980 flick. In “Ultraviolet,” Milla Jovovich stands in for Rowland, playing a woman in the future infected by something or other that has turned her into a vampire and given her perfect fighting skills, all the better to protect the hunted young boy thrust into her care. Jovovich offers commentary, and the DVD has a making-of featurette. The movie is available in the PG-13 theatrical cut or an unrated edition, and it’s also debuting on the new high-definition Blu-Ray disc format. DVD, $28.95; Blu-Ray disc, $38.95. (Sony) Read the review

“Find Me Guilty”

In this photo provided by Freestyle Releasing, sent to prison on a drug charge, Jackie Dinorsio (Vin Diesel) refuses to turn government witness against his former associates in the New Jersey Lucchesi crime family in 'Find Me Guilty.' (AP Photo/Freestyle Releasing)FREESTYLE RELEASING

Speaking of “Gloria,” Sidney Lumet, the man who remade Cassavetes’ film in a 1999 version starring Sharon Stone, tapped an unlikely action star for his latest crime saga. Vin Diesel packed on 30 pounds of flab and delivers a solid, charismatic performance as Jackie DiNorscio, a real-life mobster who refuses to rat on his colleagues and stages a wily, comic defense acting as his own attorney during a prolonged trial of 20 members of the Lucchese crime family. The DVD has a conversation with Lumet, whose films include “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “Serpico.” DVD, $27.98. (20th Century Fox) Read the review

“Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll”
One of the early gods of rock gets his due. Director Taylor Hackford (“Ray”) crafted this terrific 1987 documentary that presents an overview of Berry’s place in music history and includes a 60th birthday concert in the man’s honor, featuring Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James and Robert Cray. The film debuts on DVD in a two-disc or four-disc set, both including a behind-the-scenes documentary and an hourlong rehearsal segment for the concert. The four-disc set also has Berry and contemporaries Little Richard and Bo Diddley discussing the early days of rock and a huge range of bonus interviews with Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and others. Two-disc set, $29.99; four-disc set, $49.99. (Image)

TV on DVD:

“Commander in Chief: Part 1” — President Geena Davis becomes the first woman in the Oval Office after her predecessor dies. A two-disc set packs part one of the hit first season, with the inaugural 10 episodes. The rest of season one comes to DVD in September. DVD set, $29.99. (Disney)

“Strangers With Candy: The Complete Series” — All 30 episodes of the cult TV comedy come in a six-disc set timed to the debut of the movie prequel. Amy Sedaris stars as a 46-year-old ex-con, ex-junkie and ex-drunk who starts over as a high school freshman. The set is loaded with deleted scenes, commentary and other extras. DVD set, $59.98. (Paramount)

“Civilisation” — The landmark British documentary series remains a visceral survey of Western culture 37 years after it premiered. Art historian Kenneth Clark offers a glorious chronicle of 2,000 years of painting, sculpture, music and literature, all 13 installments presented in a four-disc set. DVD set, $79.98. (BBC)

“Family Affair: Season One” — Brian Keith stars as a bachelor who becomes ward to his relations’ three orphaned kids in the sitcom that debuted in 1966. A five-disc set packs the first 30 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (MPI)

“The Color Honeymooners: Collection 1” — In his 1960s variety show, Jackie Gleason resurrected his 1950s black-and-white classic with color updates about big-mouth Ralph Kramden, goofy buddy Norton (Art Carney, reprising the role) and their wives. The three-disc set features nine episodes of “The Jackie Gleason Show,” which include the new “Honeymooners” adventures. DVD set, $39.98. (MPI)

“Monk,” Columbo” — Two idiosyncratic detectives from different eras. Tony Shalhoub returns as obsessive-compulsive Monk in a four-disc set with season four’s 16 episodes. Peter Falk stars as rumpled Columbo, whose six episodes from season five are packed in a three-disc set. “Monk” DVD set, $59.98; “Columbo” DVD set, $39.98. (Universal)

“Project Runway: The Complete Second Season” — Supermodel Heidi Klum is back as host of the show that gives aspiring designers a chance to show off their threads at New York’s Fashion Week. Season two’s 13 episodes are packed in a four-disc set. DVD set, $39.92. (Genius)

“Roseanne: The Complete Fourth Season” — Roseanne Barr and John Goodman return as heads of a working-class family that meets real-life problems with a healthy dose of sarcasm. The four-disc set has season four’s 25 episodes. DVD set, $39.98. (Anchor Bay)

“Tracey Takes On ...: Season Two” — Tracey Ullman resumes her chameleonlike comic ways, playing male and female characters with equal panache, from a hippie folk singer to a Middle Eastern cabbie. Year two’s 15 episodes come in a three-disc set. DVD set, $34.98. (HBO)